ERASMUS MC as HORUS Rotterdam PILOT leader: Leveraging Data and Stakeholder Insights for Urban Health

ERASMUS MC as partner of the HORUS project, on urban health, is at the forefront of tackling the intricate challenges. The pilot team has been deeply involved in supporting tasks analyzing data from the ‘Gezondheidsmonitor’ (Health Monitor) and planning comprehensive stakeholder analyses to better understand and improve health outcomes in Rotterdam’s neighborhoods to contribute to the different results of the project, as the recently published deliverable on Thematic Maps.

Accessing Vital Data Through the Gezondheidsmonitor

In WP2, Project HORUS and ERASMUS MC partnered closely with the municipality of Rotterdam to gain access to crucial health data from the Gezondheidsmonitor. This Health Monitor is a self-reported questionnaire that gathers extensive information on socio-demographic characteristics, health indicators, and lifestyle factors. Conducted every four years, the Gezondheidsmonitor provides valuable insights at both national and regional levels. For the analysis, ERASMUS MC utilized data collected in 2020 playing a pivotal role in creating thematic maps that illustrate the health landscape of Rotterdam. These thematic maps are instrumental for Project HORUS. They offer a visual representation of various health indicators across different neighborhoods, helping to pinpoint areas of concern and highlight regions where targeted health interventions could be most beneficial.

Preparing for Stakeholder Analysis and Community Engagement

Looking forward ERASMUS MC is gearing up to conduct a thorough stakeholder analysis. This analysis aims to map out the network of stakeholders within Rotterdam’s neighborhoods. Understanding these networks is essential for engaging communities effectively and ensuring that health initiatives are rooted in local contexts and needs. To initiate this process, the team is preparing the necessary documents to secure ethical approval for the stakeholder analysis. This step is critical as it ensures that all research activities are conducted with the highest standards of integrity and respect for the community. Once approved, the team plans to conduct brief interviews with neighborhood residents. These interviews will focus on identifying key individuals and organizations that play significant roles in their communities. By asking residents about their roles and who they view as important in their neighborhood, ERASMUS MC aims to construct a comprehensive network map. This network will highlight vital connections and influential figures who can support and drive health initiatives within their communities. This proactive approach in WP3 will provide invaluable insights for future focus groups, interviews, and pilot projects (Rijeka, Rotterdam and Valencia) under Project HORUS umbrella. Engaging directly with community members ensures that interventions are not only effective but also resonate with those they are intended to help.

Building Healthier Urban Communities

ERASMUS MC’s Project HORUS is committed to enhancing urban health through data-driven insights and community-focused strategies. The analysis of the Gezondheidsmonitor data and the forthcoming stakeholder analysis are critical components of this effort. By combining detailed health data with a deep understanding of local stakeholder networks, Project HORUS aims to develop and implement health initiatives that are both impactful and sustainable.

As Project HORUS continues to evolve, ERASMUS MC invites the local Rotterdam and EU broader community to engage and contribute to this vital work. Together, we can build healthier, more resilient urban environments that support the well-being of all residents.